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    In this article, we inquire the merits of criminalizing blasphemy. We argue that religious views do not warrant a separate treatment compared to nonreligious ones. In addition, freedom of speech must be balanced against the interest of those who may be aggrieved by blasphemous remarks. We conclude that penalizing blasphemy is undesirable. It is fortunate, in that light, that acts of blasphemy have recently been decriminalized in The Netherlands by removing blasphemy as an offense from the Criminal Code. Still, other provisions appear to leave enough room to reach the same result, making the removal a possibly virtually aesthetic change. In the international context, it would be regrettable for The Netherlands to forgo the opportunity to take a leading role.


Jasper Doomen
Jasper Doomen is verbonden als docent/onderzoeker aan de afdeling Encyclopedie van de Rechtswetenschap van de Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Universiteit Leiden.

Mirjam van Schaik
Mirjam van Schaik is verbonden als docent/onderzoeker aan de afdeling Encyclopedie van de Rechtswetenschap van de Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Universiteit Leiden.

Jaap Zwart
Jaap Zwart is Lecturer at the Department of Legal Theory at VU University Amsterdam.

Femke Storm
Femke Storm studied Law and Psychology at VU University Amsterdam.
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Access_open Over de klassieke oorsprong van de rechten van de mens

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2011
Keywords human rights, natural law, perfectionism, Stoa, Cicero
Authors René Brouwer
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    In this article I reconstruct the contribution of some central Hellenistic political thinkers to a theory of human rights. Starting point is the traditional Stoic conception of the law of nature as a power in which only perfect human beings actively participate. In the 2nd century BC the Stoic Panaetius adjusted this traditional high-minded theory by also allowing for a lower level of human excellence. This second-rate human excellence can be achieved just by following ‘proper functions’, which are derived from ordinary human nature and can be laid down in rules. From here, it was only a small, yet decisive step – presumably to be attributed to one of Cicero’s teachers – to discard the highest level of human perfection altogether. This step, I argue, paved the way for an understanding of the rules of natural law in terms of human rights.


René Brouwer
René Brouwer is Lecturer in Legal Theory at the University of Utrecht.
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Access_open Paul Scholten en Herman Dooyeweerd: het gesprek dat nooit plaatsvond

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2010
Keywords Scholten, Dooyeweerd, legal principles, legal reasoning, religion
Authors Bas Hengstmengel
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    The legal scholars Paul Scholten (1875-1946) and Herman Dooyeweerd (1894-1977) had much in common. The most significant agreement is their emphasis on the influence of a (religious) worldview on legal scholarship and practice. Unfortunately, they never met to discuss the similarities and differences of their jurisprudential ideas. In this article I try to reconstruct this conversation which never took place. Scholten’s legal thought is specifically oriented to the practice and difficulties of judging. Dooyeweerd above all was a philosopher whose specific philosophy of the modal aspects of reality is the basis for his thinking about the law. Both scholars emphasized the importance of legal principles. They also identified several fundamental legal categories and concepts. However, their methodology is different. The way religion and morality influence their legal thought is also different. A discussion of the contemporary relevance of their work completes the paper.


Bas Hengstmengel
Bas Hengstmengel is a PhD-candidate at Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam. He writes a dissertation on procedural justice.
Book Review

Access_open John Rawls, Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy, edited by Samuel Freeman, Cambridge, Massachussetts, en London.

England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2007, xix + 476 p.

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2007
Keywords gebruiker, geschrift, politieke filosofie, contract, kind, levering, navolging, prestatie, redenering, student
Authors B. Wolthuis

B. Wolthuis
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Access_open Bespreking en aankondiging: S. Chambost, Proudhon et la norme. Pensée juridique d'un anarchiste.

Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes 2004, 295 p.

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2006
Keywords contract, autonomie, democratie, slachtoffer, aanvaarding, binding, confirmatie, dwang, exclusiviteit, fabriek
Authors T. Holterman

T. Holterman
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Access_open Recht, onrecht, gerechtigheid

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2006
Keywords idee, geschrift, justitiabele, citaat, bewijslast, mededeling, model, noodzakelijkheid, uitgave, verlies
Authors P. Schilfgaarde

P. Schilfgaarde
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Access_open Naar aanleiding van 'A life of H.L.A. Hart'

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2005
Keywords identiteit, geschrift, student, claim, echtgenoot, echtgenote, identificatie, kwaliteit, levering, merk
Authors M. Adams

M. Adams
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Access_open Over rechterlijke intuïtie. Paul Scholtens intuïtieleer en een alternatief model van Aristoteles

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2005
Keywords model, kwaliteit, noodzakelijkheid, aansprakelijkheid, getuige, idee, geschrift, ambt, binding, merk
Authors J.E. Soeharno

J.E. Soeharno
Book Review

Access_open A.C. Roth, Case-based reasoning in the law. A formal theory of reasoning by case comparison (diss. Maastricht)

2003, 181 p.

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2004
Keywords model, redenering, bouw, toegankelijkheid, identificatie, legaliteitbeginsel, levering, nabootsing, navolging, overeenkomst
Authors L. Matthijssen

L. Matthijssen
Book Review

Access_open G. Agamben, Homo Sacer, De soevereine macht en het naakte leven

Amsterdam: Boom/Parrèsia 2002, 213 p.

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2004
Keywords doding, overleden, executie, moord, vertaling, bodem, geschrift, levering, navolging, armoede
Authors H.G. Hoogers

H.G. Hoogers
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Access_open Een versplinterde troon. Aantekeningen bij Sophie van Bijsterveld, The Empty Throne. Democracy and the Rule of the Law in Transition (2002)

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2004
Keywords legaliteit, idee, democratie, rechtsstaat, schikking, uitvoerende macht, feitelijke macht, getuige, geweld, legitimiteit
Authors D. Loose

D. Loose
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Access_open Paul Scholten en de 'rule of law'

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2004
Keywords rechtsstaat, echtscheiding, democratie, Europees hof voor de rechten van de mens, huwelijk, strafrecht, auteur, geschrift, geweld, idee
Authors W. Borst

W. Borst
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Access_open Een linkse fenomenologische kritiek op de rechtsvindingstheorie van Hart en Kelsen

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2004
Keywords arbeider, idee, auteur, geschrift, machtenscheiding, noodzakelijkheid, rechterlijke macht, schikking, uitleg, vertaling
Authors D. Kennedy

D. Kennedy
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Access_open In memoriam Arent van Haersolte

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2003
Keywords vereniging, geschrift, bewijslast, citaat, contract, kerst, levering, natuurlijk persoon, overleden, overlijden
Authors A. Soeteman

A. Soeteman
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Access_open Schuldvergeving als rechtsprincipe

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2003
Keywords belofte, schuldenaar, activa, faillissement, schuld, contract, schuldeiser, burgerlijk recht, consument, democratie
Authors N. Huls

N. Huls
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Access_open Over vrienden en broeders, eenzame massamensen, vijanden en tegenstanders. Hannah Arendts en Carl Schmitts uitdaging van de liberale democratie

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2003
Keywords democratie, model, idee, identiteit, politieke filosofie, verlies, verzoening, bedreiging, voorwaarde, noodzakelijkheid
Authors M. Borren

M. Borren

W.T. Eijsbouts
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Access_open Was Hobbes een rechtspositivist?

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2002
Keywords overeenkomst, contract, verzet, verdrag, citaat, geweld, geschrift, strafbaarheid, student, executie
Authors R. Janse

R. Janse

M. Blois
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